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Homeless Man Wins Six Figures On $10 Lottery Ticket

For years, Michael Engfors built the wood trim, doors and shelves in the mansions in exclusive Aspen, Colorado before losing work during the recession and eventually becoming homeless about five years ago. Although his luck changed last week when his $10 lottery scratch ticket won him $500,000.

Vince Savage, who runs the Aspen Homeless Shelter where Engfors had been staying, said he drove the 61-year-old to a Colorado Lottery claims office in Grand Junction on Monday and he walked out with a check for somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 after taxes.

Savage then drove Engfors to deposit his winnings into his bank account that had less than a dollar in it. Savage said, "This is a guy who has been at it for years and struggling for years."

The shelter shared the news, but Engfors said he did not want to talk about it or become a celebrity over it. Lottery spokeswoman Brooke Christopher said Engfors' scratch ticket was the last of three Eternal Splendor scratch tickets worth $500,000 to be sold in the state. Engfors had a one-in-840,000 chance of winning.

Savage said Engfors hoped to travel to New York to reunite with his adult daughter whom he hasn't seen in at least 15 years. Although Engfors winnings are substantial, he probably couldn't afford the million-dollar homes in Aspen.

Savage hopes Engfors will be able to find a fixer-upper a bit farther away from mansions he used to work on. Savage stated "It just seems just that he would win"

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